#RealTalk – Post Pregnancy Fitness

Leggings & Sports Bra c/o Annee Matthew 

This post is probably one of the most real updates I have written in a while. Since giving birth, I cannot tell you how many people have commented on my appearance. The first few days after I came home from the hospital, the comments ranged from how tired I looked to the security guard in our building asking me when is the baby due. I politely told him the baby is already here – and he just stared at my stomach with a confused look. Honestly, I have stared at myself with that same look for weeks now! Baby Aadhav is almost 3 months old and I have started my postnatal fitness journey. This truly is a journey. While it may look on Instagram that I have “bounced back”, I can assure that is not the case. Honestly, I’ve been shocked at how difficult it is to get back to working out. There are so many challenges from finding time to actually workout to learning my stamina is about 10% of what it used to be. These past few months, my focus has been on making sure Baby Aadhav is healthy and happy. While that seems like a normal thing, breast feeding and pumping run my life. I’m still about 17 pounds over my normal weight. Almost none of my pre-baby clothes fit and with a baby, there isn’t a budget for a whole new wardrobe. While I am trying to eat healthy, I also have to be careful that I have enough calories to feed my growing boy. Now the new normal is to workout, even if it’s a quick 5 minute walk or 30 min YouTube video. I also try to eat healthy but eat a lot more calories since I am eating for two.  The main area I am trying to tone up is my abs. I have a lot of extra fat around there that I hope will go down by continuing to breastfeed, workout when I can, and eat a diet healthy for a nursing mom. I’ll be sharing more of my journey, workouts, and meal plans with you on the blog – stay tuned!

Note: Please consult your Doctor before beginning exercise post pregnancy. If you are pregnant – check out my prenatal fitness routine here

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What’s in my Diaper Bag

So many of you have asked me to share my favorite baby products! I plan to share my favorite products in themes such as travel, bath time, etc. Today I am sharing what’s in my diaper bag and my must-have products to carry with me! I get so many questions about my diaper bag whenever I bring it out on Instastories. My actual bag is the diaper bag I gifted my sister for her first baby shower six years ago (similar here). It’s a bit too bulky for her so she decided to regift it to me! I personally love it since the bag is so roomy and fits under my stroller. Before I share what’s in my diaper bag, I should probably share that I tend to over pack whenever I go out. While most of the time I only use about 20% of what’s in my bag, I would rather be over prepared than under – especially with a little one! Let me know if I am missing anything or share your must-haves in the comments below!

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Baby Style with ZeeZeeZoo

Personalized Onesie c/o ZeeZeeZoo

Vanakkam and Sat Sri Akal my name is Aadhav- I am 2 months old! For his 2 month birthday, I wanted to celebrate our 2-States Baby. My family is from the state of Punjab (Bruaaah!) in India and my husband is Telugu and grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Heritage wise we are both Indian, but culturally we have our own language, festivals, and cuisines. While Baby Aadhav is growing up, I want to make sure that he learns and experiences both cultures. When I was looking for ways to introduce Aadhav to our North and South Indian backgrounds, I turned to one of my favorite children’s brands  – ZeeZeeZoo. As a Masi, I found the perfect gifts for my nephew and niece thanks to ZeeZeeZoo. As a mom, I discovered I could create personalized onesies for my little one. Vanakkam and Sat Sri Akal mean “Hello” in Tamil and Punjabi. I loved designing this outfit for Aadhav’s second month birthday to celebrate his 2-States background! Also so many of you asked me about the Diwali onesie I shared on Instagram. This onesie is also from ZeeZeeZoo! I ordered the outfit a week before Diwali and it arrived just in time for Aadhav’s first Diwali. I also received the new “Baby’s First Photo Cards” to celebrate Indian festivals and milestones such as baby’s first steps.  I would love to hear how you celebrate two cultures in the comments below!

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Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set Review

c/o // Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set //

When I was preparing for Baby Aadhav’s arrival, I did a lot of research on the best products to buy within our budget. As a new mom, I had the tendency to want to get everything! Thankfully my husband reeled me in and always reminded me that we should only get what is really useful, fits our space, and is reliable. Researching feeding products like sterilizers, bottles, and bottle warmers – I realized there were a lot of options. After discussing with my pediatrician, I decided  to start pumping around 6 weeks after baby Aadhav was born. To make sure I was ready, I started looking for feeding items. After buying my breast pump (which is usually covered buy insurance!), I started to look for feeding accessories. Finding a good bottle was my main priority since I’ve heard some cause the baby to have gas and intake issues. After researching online and asking friends, the Tommee Tippee brand came highly recommended. When I was asked to review the Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set, I was excited try a brand that I had heard so much about. What I love about the feeding set is that everything comes together in one handy package. Rather than buy a sterilizer, bottles, bottle warmers, storage containers, and washing brushes separate, the feeding set has everything you need for bottle feeding! Check out my review below!

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A Mom On A Mission – Reframing the “Mom Guilt” conversation

//Dress c/o JumpEatCry // Shoes c/o HeatWave c/o //  Similar Necklace // Stroller // Similar Diaper Bag

Three weeks ago, I had my first outing as a new mom. With the baby at home with Nani (grandma), I attended an event with Inc. Magazine celebrating fashion designers in Southeast Asia. Even though I planned well in advance to be away from home and made sure Baby Aadhav was well taken care of, I still felt pangs of guilt that I was leaving my little one. Since then, I’ve been out a few other times and still get the same feelings. Chatting with other moms, I realized that “Mom Guilt” is a very normal thing. While I understand that I have to start leaving the house (more than just to get my eyebrows done), it’s still hard for me to not feel guilty when I do. Over the weekend, I took my mom to Singapore’s Little India for sightseeing and yummy chaats (Indian appetizers). We all agreed it was best to leave the baby at home since Little India, right before the Diwali festivities, is extremely crowded. Over chole batura and chai, I shared with my mom how it’s been so emotionally tough to leave the baby. My mom assured me that my feelings are normal but then said something I didn’t expect. She told me I needed to reframe how I was thinking. Having raised my sister and me on her own, my Mom had to balance raising us while supporting our family. She said that she too felt guilty working long hours and being away from home – but she was on a “mission” to give us the best life possible. That mission drove her to raise her two daughters, excel in her career, and be a pillar in our community with all her energy and heart. Now when I do have to leave Baby Aadhav, I tell myself I am on a mission – to give my baby the best life possible. Whether I am leaving for a meeting, workout, even a quick grocery trip – I tell myself I am on a mission! Now I feel more energy when I am out, get things done quicker, and feel stronger both emotionally and physically. I do still give Baby Aahdav tons of hugs and kisses when I get home but from the smiles and giggles – I don’t think he minds. I put together a list of things have helped me reframe my feelings of “mom guilt”. I  would love to hear your experience dealing with “mom guilt” in the comments section below!

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